Field Trips and Activities

The Maryland Geological Society is an advocate of responsible collecting. The Society has permission to collect in all of the sites it visits that require such permission. Most trips are weather dependent and some require at least an average level of physical fitness.

Unless noted, field trips are restricted to MGS members only.

Assumption of Risks: Field trip attendees are solely responsible for their own safety. Field trip sites have hazardous areas that cannot be made completely safe. Collecting is inherently risky. Risks include falls, cliff collapses, trees falling, and injury from falling material, flying material, snakes, insects and animals. The fact that the club may insist attendees follow safety or etiquette rules or warn that an area or activity is unsafe does not imply a duty to forbid attendees from or warn them away from all spots or unsafe activities. Attendees should not assume an area is safe just because others let you collect or are collecting there themselves. Attendees must use their own judgement, accept the consequences, and hold all others harmless.

is the MGS Field Trip Coordinator. MGS junior member David is coordinating youth trips.

Upcoming Trips

The Calvert Marine Museum Fossil Club is inviting MGS members and members of certain other clubs to join it on trips in the next several months. You can sign up directly with Bob Ertman by email at RobertErtman@msn.com. Sign up as soon as you like, but no later than the Thursday before the trip (please include your cell phone number). Detailed directions will be provided at signup. Bob's cell phone is 410-533-4203, but email is much preferred.

  • Sunday afternoon, Oct 14th, Hardy County, WV Trilobites! We'll return to an old favorite that is productive again, the roadside quarry at Lost River, near Wardensville (Jasper Burns locality 17). Early Middle Devonian (about 390 million years old); Needmore Formation.
  • Saturday, Nov. 24, Odessa, DE. This is a John Wolf Memorial Trip. Meetup at 9:45-10:00 AM near Middletown, DE. We'll move on to the farm in Odessa to walk the fields and collect petrified wood (cypress), probably originally deposited in the Cretaceous or Paleocene Rancocas Group and later redeposited in a Pleistocene bed. (Thanks to Dr. Earl Manning, DVPS member, for correcting our previous description of the petrified wood as being Pleistocene.) No special equipment is necessary; in fact, you should leave your tools at home so that we do not do anything to cause erosion on this no-till farm.


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